FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Hurricane Straps Save a Roof   [open pdf - 432KB]

"The weekend of April 26-27, 2014, gave Beverly Thomas and her husband, Bob Herring mixed blessings. Bob had just gotten out of the hospital on that Saturday and they were celebrating his birthday at a friend's house on Sunday evening when a tornado hit central Arkansas. They were not at their house when the tornado ravaged the cities of Vilonia and Mayflower, but they raced home when they heard about the storm. Their dachshund, Jackie Sue, had ridden the storm out alone as the wind barreled around and through the house, and remained unharmed. Inside the house, the winds had pulled kitchen cabinets from the wall, blown out all but two windows and torn bedroom doors off their hinges. Outside, the storm leveled their shed, wrecked two trucks, and did about $5,000 in damage to the enclosed porch where they often entertained. The storm's fierce winds had ripped the siding off the two-year-old, $90,000 house and had torn away 90 percent of the roof's shingles. Nevertheless, the damage could have been far worse. The roof itself remained intact, thanks to the hurricane straps bolted onto each thick rafter and reinforced steel rods supporting the walls. When they decided to build their home, they had turned to a North Carolina builder familiar with the use of straps and clips. The builder's experience in constructing homes strong enough to withstand hurricane force winds is exactly what Beverly and Bob wanted for their new home."

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